HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR DENTISTRY ESSAY
While Medline is the pre-eminent index for dentistry articles, some other indexes can also be
Index to Dental Literature:
This printed index is available in the Dental Library. Since Medline only goes back to 1966, the
Index to Dental Literature is indispensable for finding earlier articles. (Another print index
which can be useful for
pre-1966 health sciences articles is Index Medicus, which is also available in the Dental Library.)
Science Citation Index is part of the Web of Science. This database is particularly
useful if you have already found an interesting article, and you want to know what other articles
have cited it (because those other articles might contain related information of interest).
To find articles which cite a certain article, do a CITED REF SEARCH.
Let's say the article that you found interesting was "Taurodontism in 45,X
females", (article by J. Varrela, L. Alvesalo, and J. Mayhall, published in
Journal of Dental Research. 69(2):494-5, 1990 Feb). Say you want to find articles that cite this
article. You would follow the instructions on the screen and
use the journal title abbreviations in the Web of Science list. So your search would look like this:
Your results would look something like this:
In the above results, the number of Times Cited is the number of articles in the
database which cite your article (i.e., which cite "Taurodontism in 45,X females"). Check the
box next to your article, and then click:
You will get a list of the articles which cite your article:
You can also search the Science Citation Index for articles on a specific topic. Do a GENERAL
TOPIC. This index uses keyword
searching, not subject headings, so it helps if you think of synonyms for your topic.
microwear AND (tooth OR teeth OR dental)
You can sort the results in various ways -- by date, by the number of times the article has been
Cochrane Library is the premier source of evidence-based health sciences information. It is part
of a movement to promote clinical decision-making based on evidence of effectiveness. The Cochrane
- The Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews (CLSR)
- The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE)
- The Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CCTR)
- The Cochrane Review Methodology Database (CRMD)
To browse the systematic reviews produced by the Cochrane Oral Health Group, click
TOPICS and then select Oral Health.
To learn how to search for a particular subject, click Search Tips.
If you're used to Ovid Medline,
Embase (which stands for "Excerpta Medica Database") will look familiar,
because U of T purchases both of these indexes from Ovid Technologies. Embase indexes a wide range
sciences journals, with a significant focus on drug research and pharmacology,
and it includes selective coverage of dentistry journals. While there is overlap between Embase
and Medline, each one indexes some journals that the other doesn't.
This is a database of Master's and PhD dissertations from various universities (including U of T).
It contains full-text dissertations from 1997 on. For dissertations prior to 1997, it just includes
citations or abstracts.
Don't search two different Ovid indexes at once (e.g., don't search Ovid Medline and
Ovid Embase at the same time). Do two separate searches, since each database has its own
structure and its own official subject headings. That way you'll get better results.
Use the Keyword field to search for words within the dissertation title or the abstract. Think of
synonyms the authors might have used.
The Subject field can be used to narrow your search to a broad field of study such as Dentistry.
- For links to some other indexes of journal articles and conference proceedings which can be
useful for dentistry research, see the Dental Library's list of
Databases/indexes for dentistry.
- For yet more indexes, please see the U of T Libraries web page
Find articles by subject.
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